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S Usvy
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Hi all,

I've been toying with not using tooth paste for a while now. I've tried a couple of online recipes of remineralizing tooth paste, and didn't like them too much. Then tried straight baking soda, and it was pretty good. Only that after a few weeks, most of my front teeth became a lovely tone of brownish. Not great. I freaked out - we're building our house while living in it, and having a mirror wasn't high on the priority list, so I only saw the effect a couple of weeks in. At a family event. Yikes.

Anyway, switched back to toothpaste, and the discolouration went away after a few days, which is good. However, now I feel trapped by toothpaste Has anyone had this effect? Googling mostly finds recommendation for using baking soda to REMOVE stains...
 
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S Usvy wrote:Hi all,

I've been toying with not using tooth paste for a while now. I've tried a couple of online recipes of remineralizing tooth paste, and didn't like them too much. Then tried straight baking soda, and it was pretty good. Only that after a few weeks, most of my front teeth became a lovely tone of brownish. Not great. I freaked out - we're building our house while living in it, and having a mirror wasn't high on the priority list, so I only saw the effect a couple of weeks in. At a family event. Yikes.

Anyway, switched back to toothpaste, and the discolouration went away after a few days, which is good. However, now I feel trapped by toothpaste Has anyone had this effect? Googling mostly finds recommendation for using baking soda to REMOVE stains...


I seriously doubt whether the baking soda has discolored your teeth. More likely it is tea, coffee or tobacco (if you use any of those) or some other substance you are consuming regularly. Your toothpaste may have contained whiteners of some sort and when you switched to baking soda, the natural stains in those things I mentioned were too strong for the baking soda to remove. Try mixing your baking soda with a little bit of hydrogen peroxide or go for a less abrasive version by blending the baking soda with coconut oil. (YES, coconut oil. It has serious antibacterial properties and is good for your teeth and gums. It also helps to mitigate some of the abrasiveness of the baking soda.) Better yet, use a tooth stick. Many cultures around the globe use ONLY tooth sticks to clean their teeth and have beautiful, healthy teeth and gums. My personal preference is dogwood, but there are a number of recommended woods -- some more exotic than others, like neem, for example -- and really, almost any wood that you can chew to a brush-like tip will work.
 
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Thanks! Tobacco, LOL... No, I don't drink coffee or even much of tea, nor smoke. I was eating a fair bit of pomegranates at the time, so maybe that was the culprit. I'll try again. I have tried the coconut oil approach, it's just a little annoying at lower temps, since it's hard as a rock at our wintertime house temperature (12-13C in the morning). I've read about the chewing sticks, but they scare me a little
 
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I've been using a mix of 3 TB baking soda, 1 TB salt, 1/8 tsp ground cassia cinnamon, a teeny bit of ground cloves and a teeny bit of ground dried sage.

About a month in, and my teeth are actually looking whiter. I have found that my gums feel a bit scraped if I brush too hard. I blame it on the coarseness of the salt.

Baking soda and salt are less abrasive than commercial toothpastes, according to all the Mohs hardness data I can find.
 
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I like molasses daily, and I think my teeth show it. Do you like molasses?
 
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Who doesn't? But I don't eat it daily (or even weekly). Honestly, pomegranates, red grapefruit, bell peppers, and tomatoes are just about the darkest things I eat on a regular basis. Pomegranates do stain my fingers when I peel them though, so that's the most likely reason... Although now I'm kinda craving molasses
 
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I have used baking soda as my sole toothpaste for a long time. I have not had any discolor issues. I now use baking soda, diatomaceous earth, and calcium bentonite as a teeth cleaner and re-mineralizer. Also, you might want to look at "oil pulling". We use coconut oil. The idea is that it pulls the toxins out of the system. The origin stems from the idea that all of our health issues come from the health of our mouth. There is some debate though if oil pulling is good for those with metal fillings in the mouth.
 
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Does betonite help with re-mineralization of teeth?
 
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Hi Justin, I'd like to follow Mary's query about DE for remineralising teeth. Actually, specifically the jaw bone beneath the teeth. There's plenty written about remineralising teeth, but not so much about the jaw itself. Have you heard of anything to this effect?
 
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Justin, with regards to oil pulling with coconut oil and your concern about metal fillings - I used to get repeated mouth ulcers on eating chocolate (not a happy state of affairs…) Every single time I'd eat chocolate, for years, I'd have a mouth ulcer within a couple of days. Two things changed this past Christmas: I got a new constitutional homoeopathic remedy from our family homoeopath, and I started following Ramiel Nagel's "Cure Tooth Decay Naturally" advice: bone broths, liver and bone marrow in our diet as well as the healthy fresh green veg. we were used to; as well as oil pulling every night with coconut or other oils. Result: I enjoyed small amounts of chocolate on a good few days over the Christmas period - each time expecting to pay the price later… and no ulcers at all! I'm not sure if it's the oil pulling, the diet or the homoeopathic remedy; but it's certainly a step forward. My mouth is fairly full of mercury fillings and I'm happy to report that my health has certainly been better rather than not.

Happy Days!!
 
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Mary Saunders wrote:Does betonite help with re-mineralization of teeth?


Both food grade calcium bentonite and food grade diatomaceous earth re-mineralize your system - they carry a lot of trace minerals. This will in turn re-mineralize your teeth. We have not researched the specifics of this, but this is a source we trust. She lives near us here, and we have mutual friends, but we have not met yet.

http://wellnessmama.com/5252/remineralizing-tooth-powder/

Blessings.
 
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Feidhlim Harty wrote:Justin, with regards to oil pulling with coconut oil and your concern about metal fillings - I used to get repeated mouth ulcers on eating chocolate (not a happy state of affairs…) Every single time I'd eat chocolate, for years, I'd have a mouth ulcer within a couple of days. Two things changed this past Christmas: I got a new constitutional homoeopathic remedy from our family homoeopath, and I started following Ramiel Nagel's "Cure Tooth Decay Naturally" advice: bone broths, liver and bone marrow in our diet as well as the healthy fresh green veg. we were used to; as well as oil pulling every night with coconut or other oils. Result: I enjoyed small amounts of chocolate on a good few days over the Christmas period - each time expecting to pay the price later… and no ulcers at all! I'm not sure if it's the oil pulling, the diet or the homoeopathic remedy; but it's certainly a step forward. My mouth is fairly full of mercury fillings and I'm happy to report that my health has certainly been better rather than not.

Happy Days!!


That is awesome! I am not familiar with the Nagel's cure, but I think I am starting to believe that all health issues do start in the mouth. That was a held belief in part of the medical world at one time ( I forgot the main doctor who promoted this idea, and I don't have time right now to look it up. Sorry.)

I am really glad to hear that the fillings don't seem to be a factor. Thanks for sharing this!

Blessings.
 
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Feidhlim Harty wrote:Hi Justin, I'd like to follow Mary's query about DE for remineralising teeth. Actually, specifically the jaw bone beneath the teeth. There's plenty written about remineralising teeth, but not so much about the jaw itself. Have you heard of anything to this effect?


Feidhlim,

After reading your other post, it sounds like you are on a great start to health. Of course, I am not a medical professional, but I think just a remineralization and oil pulling are great things to strengthen your overall bone health. http://wellnessmama.com/5252/remineralizing-tooth-powder/ is probably another angle to explore.

Blessings.
 
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Thanks Justin, that page gives a really straightforward tooth-powder recipe with DE. Excellent!
 
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i've been using charcoal for about 2 years now and it works great, i had very sensitive teeth for years tried all the sensodyne toothpaste, and baking soda and salt to no avail.... 3DAYS after i started using the charcoal the sensativity was gone and have not had it since ... it dosen't really have a taste, just kinda gritty, i see the dentist every 6 months and he knows i use the charcoal, and he has told me my teeth look really good
 
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I had a crown fail and just opted to have the whole thing removed, my acu had me taking Ostrophin PMG and calcifood from Standard Process Whole food supplements to help repair the bone in the socket area. I take more than a few of their supplements daily, they are nothing short of amazing.
 
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mary jayne richmond wrote:i've been using charcoal for about 2 years now and it works great, i had very sensitive teeth for years tried all the sensodyne toothpaste, and baking soda and salt to no avail.... 3DAYS after i started using the charcoal the sensativity was gone and have not had it since ... it dosen't really have a taste, just kinda gritty, i see the dentist every 6 months and he knows i use the charcoal, and he has told me my teeth look really good


Hi Mary,
How are you using charcoal for brushing? Thats interesting.

I have been using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide with a drop of spearmint essential oil.
 
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hi CD, i just sprinkle the charcoal on my wet toothbrush and brush like normal
 
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